This page honors those members of our community we’ve lost from Sasquan to MidAmeriCon II. It is maintained by Steven Silver.
The cut-off for inclusion in the Program Book is July 8, 2016. Any submissions received after July 8, may show up in the Hugo scroll, but not in the Program Book. To make an addition, please complete and submit the form at the bottom of the page.
LASFS member Bart Merrigan (b.Louis John Merrigan III, 1957) was murdered on August 22. Two suspects have been arrested in his murder, Kyle Comrie and a 15-year-old boy. Merrigan joined LASFS in 1981, although he was not a particularly active member. His brother, Tim, joined a year earlier as remains an active LASFS member.
LASFS member Marjorie Jennings died on August 27. Jennings published a handful of stories in the 70s and 80s under the name Jor Jennings, including “The Devil and All Her Works” and “Tiger Hunt.”
Costumer Toni Lay (b.1950) died on August 28. Lay was a long-time costumer, serving as Program Director for Costume Con 5 as well as the Historical Masquerade Director for Costume Cons 16 and 22. She was frequently a judge and was a member of the “Sick Pups,” the New Jersey-New York Costumers Guild. Also a Deputy Chatelaine for the Crown Province of Ostgardr in the SCA, Lay’s interests included science fiction and fantasy on television and reading, as well as mysteries and alternate history.
Director Wes Craven (b.1939) died on August 30 form a brain tumor. Craven is best known as the writer and director of the Nightmare on Elm Street series of films and also had active roles in the films The Hills Have Eyes, Scream, Swamp Thing, and directed five episodes of The Twilight Zone.
Fan Ned Brooks (b.Cuyler W. Brooks, Jr., 1938) died on August 31 following a fall from his roof, where he was doing repairs. Brooks was long active in N3F, and in 1972 won the Kaymar Award. He was the recipient of the Rebel Award in 1976 and the Rubble Award in 1992. Brooks published such fanzines as The New Newport News News, It Goes on the Shelf, and It Comes in the Mail. He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Rivercon IV in 1978 and at DeepSouthCon 39 in 2001.
Minneapolis fan William Crowley (b.1955) died on September 9. Crowley was a long-term volunteer at CONvergence and MarsCon in Minneapolis.
Chicago area fan Jason Jensen (b.1973) died on September 14. Jensen, known as “Jazz” by his friends, was active in running Anime Central and building it into the convention it is today. He was also active in other Chicago cons, both as an attendee and volunteer, working in the Windycon Con Suite for multiple years.
Fan Ann McKnight (b.c.1924) died on September 23. McKnight was Jack McKnight’s second wife and step-mother to fan Peggy Rae Sapienza. Prior to moving to Arkansas, Ann was active in Philadelphia fandom.
Fan artist D. West (b.1945) died on September 25 shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. West’s work appeared in numerous fanzines and he won the Nova Award for Best Fan Artist eleven times between 1984 and 2014 as well as the Nova for Best Fan Writer in 1987. In 2011, he declined the Rotsler Award. West was also twice nominated for the Hugo for Best Fan Writer and once for Best Fan Artist. He also won 4 FAAN Awards. In the 1970s, he created the Astral Leauge (sic) in Leeds. His work appeared in Chunga, Izzard, Banana Wings, and other ‘zines.
Texas fan Fred Duarte, Jr. (b.1957) died on October 3. Duarte charied several Armadillocons and was the convention’s fan guest of honor in 2011. He also served as co-chair of Westercon 49 in 1996 and chair of SMOFCon 13 and World Fantasy Con in Corpus Christi in 2000.
Tennessee fan Stuart Bergman (b.1965) died on October 6 after a year of battling cancer. Bergman, known as Shorty, was active in running MidSouthCon. He won a Best Food Award at DucKon for his “Walking Tacos” and was known for serving a drink referred to as “blue stuff.”
Danish fan Hans Rancke (b.1956) died on October 9. Rancke co-created the comic Valhalla as well as the animated film based on it. He also wrote source books for GURPS Traveller.
Romanian author Liviu Radu (b.1948) died on October 17. Radu began publishing fiction in 1993 with the story “Faţa nevăzută a planetei Marte.” In addition to his own fiction, Radu translated the works of numerous Anglophonic authors into Romanian. He also founded the Ion Hobana National Colloquium. Over the years, Radu won the the Vladimir Colin Grand Prix, the Imagination Seniors Award, the Ion Hobana Award, and the 2010 Eurocon Encouragement Award.
Kansas City fan Nancy Nutt (b.c.1955) died on October 22. Nutt was a fan guest of honor at ConQuesT in 1982, Archon 11, and Conjuration 1999. In 1998, she co-chaired ConQuest and in 2008, she served on the logistics team for Denvention. In addition to working on various ConQuests over the years, Nutt served as a director for KaCSFFS in the late 1980s.
French author Yal Ayerdahl (b.1959) died on October 27 after a battle with cancer. In addition to writing science fiction, Ayerdahl began publishing in 1990 and in addition to science fiction wrote more mainstream thrillers. Ayerdahl has twice received the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the first time in 1993 for his novel Demain une oasis, and again in 2004 for Transparences. In 1999, he and Jean-Claude Dunyach received the Prix Tour Eiffel for Etoiles mourantes.
Author T. M. Wright (b.1947) died on October 31. Terry Wright began publishing fiction in 1978 with the novel Strange Seed, although in 1968 he published the non-fiction The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Flying Saucers. His short fiction appeared in Twilight Zone, Brutarian, and Cemetery Dance among other places. Wright occasionally used the pseudonym F. W. Armstrong and painted book and magazine covers.
Chicago fan Kent Farris (b.c.1956) died on November 3. Farris, who used the con name “Goofy,” was a frequent attendee at Chicago area conventions. He died when his car crashed into a retention pond.
Fan Daniel Fleetwood (b.1983) died on November 9. Fleetwood, a Star Wars fan, was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and given two months to live. His final wish was to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney arranged for him to see an unfinished cut at his home last week and he also received a call from director J. J. Abrams.
Swedish SF author Johan Frick (b.1966) died on November 14. Frick founded the Gothenburg outlet of the Science Fiction bookstore, published several short stories, and translated the works of Patricia McKillip into Swedish.
Editor and author Perry Chapdelaine (b.1925) died on November 24. Chapdelaine is best known for editing two collections of the letters of John W. Campbell, Jr. He also published his own fiction in the 1960s and 70s, including The Laughing Terran, Spork of the Ayor, and Swampworld West, until he began suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Chapdelaine wrote for the Arthritis Foundation of America using the pseudonym Anthony di Fabio.
British artist Gerard Quinn (b.1927) died on November 30. Quinn’s work began appearing in New Worlds in 1951 and he became quite prolific over the next decade, contributing covers to magazines and books.
Bay area fan Felice Maxam (b.1934) died on December 1. Maxam, then Felice Rolfe, was a member of the Peninsula SF Association in the 1960s. She co-edited Niekas with Ed Meskys, being nominated for two Hugo Awards and winning the Hugo for best fanzine in 1967.
Artist Jon Arfstrom (b.1928) died on December 2. Arfstrom is believed to have been the last of the classic Weird Tales cover artists to be alive. He began contributing covers to fanzines in the 1940s and collaborated at the time with Jack Gaughan. His work appeared on the cover of Weird Tales beginning in 1951 until the magazine folded in 1954. He came out of retirement in the 1990s to do covers for Haffner Press, Fedogan & Bremer, and Tales of the Unanticipated.
Norwegian fan Jørn Uno Myrvoll (b.1963) died in early December. Myrvoll served as the treasurer for the Oslo sf club Aniara for many years. He ran the film program at many Norwegian conventions.
Author Daniel Grotta (b.1944) died on December 13. Grotta wrote the study J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth, originally published in 1976, which looked at how Tolkien’s life and experiences drove the creation of Middle Earth.
Romanian author Florin Manolescu (b.1943) died on December 13. Manolescu’s doctoral thesis, published as Literatura S.F., was the first dissertation on science fiction in Romania. From 1968-92, he taught at the University of Bucharest and then moved to Ruhr University until 2010, when he returned to Bucharest as a visiting professor. In addition to his scholarly works, Manolescu wrote numerous short stories which were collected in Misterul camerei închise, Mentaliștii, and Il Gatto e l’astronomo.
Australian author Tom Arden (b.1961) died on December 15. Arden was the pen name for David Rain. His first novel, The Harlequin’s Dance began his five book Orokon series. In addition, he wrote two stand alone novels and three pieces of short fiction, including a Doctor Who novella, “Nightdreamers.” Arden also published reviews in Interzone in the late 90s and early 2000s.
British author Peter Dickinson (b.1927) died on December 16. Dickinson published numerous young adult novels, including the Kin series, the Changes series, and the standalone Eva. In 2002, his novel The Ropemaker won the Mythopoeic Award for Children’s Literature and he was twice nominated for the World Fantasy Award. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009. Dickinson was married to author Robin McKinley.
Kathleen A. Bellamy (b.1957) died on December 19. Bellamy served as the Managing Editor for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Bellamy was also involved in the magazine’s slush reading process.
Author George Clayton Johnson (b.1927) died on December 25. Clayton is best known as a the co-author of Logan’s Run and he was also active in Hollywood, writing episodes of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents as well as the first episode of Star Trek to air. In 1999, his short fiction was collected in All of Us Are Dying and Other Stories.
Las Vegas fan Harrison Simon (b.1975) committed suicide on December 26. Simon was involved in Las Vegas Wrestling and Comic Book fandoms and was also active in Vegrants. he was a charter member of the Trufannish Electronic Press Exchange.
Nashville fan Andrew Bostaph (b.1969) died at home in late December. Bostaph was a frequent attendee at Libertycon, Chattacon, and other conventions.
Fan Jack Robins (b. Jack Rubinson, 1919) died on December 23. Robins was a member of ISA and helped it turn into the Futurians, which he invited Isaac Asimov to attend. He attended the First Eastern Convention as well as the first Worldcon. Robins published the fanzines The Scientific Thinker and Looking Ahead and was eventually inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame and made an N3F Life Member.
Author Merl “Bill” Baldwin, Jr. (b.1935) died on October 14. Baldwin wrote “The Helmsman” series, beginning in 1985 and continuing through eight books, ending with The Turning Tide in 2011. He also wrote the stand-alone novels Canby’s Legion and The Enigma Strategy.
Michigan fan Michael Klemish (b.1969) died on November 7. Klemish, who went by the nickname “Ox” was a long-time con attendee at Michigan and Ohio area conventions who played the drums and collected and read science fiction.
Author A. R. Morlan (b.1958) committed suicide on January 4 or 5. Morlan began publishing horror in 1985 with the short story “Four Days Before the Snow” in Night Cry and published several collections of her own work over the years. She co-edited the anthology Zodiac Fantastic with Martin H. Greenberg in 1997. In 1994, her story “The Best Years of Our Lives” was nominated for the Tiptree Award.
Singer and actor David Bowie (b. David Jones, 1947) died on January 10 after an eighteen-month battle with cancer and 3 days after his birthday and the release of his last album. Many of Bowie’s albums and songs had some tie-in to space, including his hit song “Space Oddity,” which was released a week before the Apollo 11 launch but not played by the BBC until after the Apollo 11 crew returned safely to Earth, and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie also appeared in several films, including The Man Who Fell to Earth, Labyrinth, and The Prestige.
Chicago fan kT FitzSimmons (b.1956) died on January 10 after a lengthy battle with cancer. In addition to working on Windycon and Capricon in Chicago, FitzSimmons ran programming for Chicon V in 1991. She also served on the board of Phandemonium.
Boston fan Ray Bowie (b.1949) died on January 13. Bowie was active in NESFA and was a frequent contributor the the club’s annual recommended reading list.
Actor Alan Rickman (b.1946) died on January 14 from cancer. Rickman has numerous appearances in genre films, including playing the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, Sir Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest, the voice of Marvin in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy film, Richis in Perfume, and more. He received Saturn nominations for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Galaxy Quest, Sweeney Todd, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.
Editor David G. Hartwell (b.1941) died on January 20 following a brain hemorrhage the day before. Hartwell served as an editor at Tor Books and at various times edited for several other publishers, including the creation of the Timescape line for Simon and Schuster. He was the publisher of The New York Review of Science Fiction and edited numerous anthologies, including Northern Stars, Northern Suns, Visions of Wonder, The Science Fiction Century, Ascent of Wonder, Space Opera Renaissance, and Ages of Wonder. His anthologies and the NYRSF often started industry-wide conversations. Hartwell was awarded three editing Hugos, two World Fantasy Awards, and was the Guest of Honor at the 2009 Worldcon, Anticipation. He was the founder and, for many years, the driving force behind the World Fantasy Con.
Fan Dave Marquart (b.1956) died on January 14. Marquart was active in fandom during and immediately after his college years, helping to establish ChUSFA while a student at University of Illinois. He continued to attend conventions for some time, although his participation in fandom decreased as life issues took center stage.
Marvin Minsky (b.1927) died on January 24. Minsky was integral to the field of artificial intelligence. He served as an advisor on the film 2001: a space odyssey and later collaborated with Harry Harrison on the novel The Turing Option.
Fan Jon P. Ogden (b.1944) died on January 27. Ogden was an active Heinlein fan and a member of the Heinlein Society. In 1981, his poem “I Ain’t Too Dumb to Care” was published in Asimov’s.
Musician Paul Kantner (b.1941) died on January 28. Kantner is best known as one of the founding members of the band Jefferson Airplane, as well as its short-lived spin-off Jefferson Starship. In 1971, Kantner was nominated for the Hugo Award for the Jefferson Starship album Blows Against the Empire, the first time a rock album had been nominated.
British filker Joe Raftery died on January 29. Raftery debuted his first filk song at the 1979 Worldcon in Brighton before gafiating until 2000, when he attended FilkContinental. Following his reintroduction to fandom, Raftery became a regular at filk meet ups and was nominated for the Pegasus Award in 2007 for his role in the n’Early Music Consort. He served on the committee for HarmUni2. Raftery was married to Gwen Knighton, Sister Emeritus of Three Weird Sisters.
Author David Lake (b.1929) died on January 31. Lake began publishing in 1976 with the novel Walkers on the Sky and went on to publish several novels, including two sequels to H. G. Well’s The Time Machine, as well as a non-fiction book about Wells and short stories. Lake won three Ditmars for Walker on the Sky, The Man Who Loved Morlocks, and “The Truth About Weena.” “The Truth About Weena” also won the Aurealis Award.
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell (b.1930) died on February 4. Mitchell was the last surviving member of the Apollo 14 lunar mission and died the day before the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing. Mitchell was also involved with paranormal research and conducted some ESP experiments while on his flight back to Earth. He also believed that UFOs had visited Earth.
Fan Robin Schindler died on January 24. Schindler led two of the earliest anime tours to Japan. She was an active costumer, presenting her work at many Worldcon masquerades and worked on the early Costume Cons. Schindler was an active fan-fic writer and headed the fan club devoted to actor Bruce Abbott.
Artist Wayne England died on February 9. Much of England’s work was created for the gaming industry and his art adorned works for Warhammer, Dungeons & Dragons, and Magic: The Gathering.
Author Mark Justice died on February 10. Justice began publishing in 2004 with the story “The Day After the End of the World.” He has written the novel The Dead Sheriff: Zombie Damnation and, in collaboration with David T. Wilbanks, the Dead Earth series. He co-edited the anthology Appalachian Winter Hauntings with Michael Knost.
Artist Christopher Rush (b.1965) died on February 10. Much of Rush’s work was created for the gaming industry and his art adorned many early Magic: The Gathering card. Rush also helped market early versions of the game. Rush was one of the few non-Japanese artist to work on Pokémon cards.
Author Bud Webster (b. Clarence Howard “Bud” Webster, 1952) died on February 13. Webster wrote the Bubba Pritchert series, but may be better known as an sf historian, having written numerous columns about science fiction authors and book collecting. His non-fiction has been collected in PastMasters and Anthopology 101. Webster managed SFWA’s Estate Project since 2007, trying to build a comprehensive database of the estates and rights holders for authors. In 2012, he received the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award.
Fan Marc Whitman (b.1960) died on February 14. Whitman was an active con attendee in the Pacific Northwest. Whitman always tried to attend the Worldcon and Hugo ceremony for the sense of community and family.
Louisville fan Cliff Amos (b.1948) died on February 22. Amos was a founding father of Louisville fandom, founding the Falls of the Ohio Science Fiction Association (FoSFA) as well as Rivercon. In 1979, Amos was the recipient of the Southern Fandom Confederation Rebel Award and also chaired NorthAmeriCon, the second NASFIC.
Canadian fan Alison Wall (b.1967) died on March 5. Wall was a costumer and also served the science fiction community by translating French, English, and Norwegian. She was Anticipation’s Head of Translation.
Illustrator Paul Ryan (b.1949) died on March 6. Ryan began working in comics in 1984 and got a job working for Marvel, working on The Thing, Squadron Supreme, and The Amazing Spider-Man Annual. He also created D.P. 7. In 1996, he moved to DC and worked on several of their titles. In 1999, he also took on the daily comic “The Phantom,” which he inked until his death. Ryan has the distinction of working on the comics in which Spider-Man married Mary Jane and in which Superman married Lois Lane.
New Orleans fan Peggy Ranson (b.1948) died on March 19 after fighting cancer. Ranson was a 9 time Hugo nominee for Best Fan Artist, winning in 1993. She was the guest of honor at numerous conventions including DeepSouthCon 34. Ranson began her fannish career in 1988 working on the NolaCon II Program book.
Chicago area fan Sherry Waitsman (b.Sherry Katz, 1953) died on March 19. Waitsman, previously Sherry Karp, was a frequent attendee at Chicago conventions. She was married to Chicago fan Lanny Waitsman.
Professor Justin Leiber (b.1938) died on March 22. Leiber taught philosophy at Florida State University and was the son of science fiction/fantasy author Fritz Leiber, Jr. Leiber wrote science fiction of his own, having two novels in the “Saga of the House of Eigin” and three novels in the “Beyond” series published in the 1980s, as well as the short story “Tit for Tat.”
Fan Morris Keesan (b.1954) died on March 30. Keesan was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a brain tumor, in February. Keesan was active in Boston fandom and NESFA and was a musician.
Author Philip Kaldon died on April 20. Kaldon taught physics at Western Michigan University and was a frequent attendee at Michigan conventions. Kaldon began publishing in CrossTIME Anthology in 2004, and published several more short stories over his career.
Texas fan Ed Dravecky (b.1968) died on April 23 while working at Whofest in Irvine, TX. Dravecky was also instrumental in Fencon and was part of the committee that ran SMOFCon in Fort Worth in 2015. He ran social media for LoneStarCon 3 and served as president of ORAC. He worked publications for several Worldcons and ReConStruction. He began publishing the fanzine, Eligible! in 2103.
Artist Kim Kincaid died on April 27. Kincaid began showing her art as a student at Cerritos College in California and continued to exhibit and take classes throughout her life. She did work for Sony DVD, Rezolution Productions, the Echoes of Heaven RPG, and other fantasy works.
Chicago fan Mike Jencevice (b.1955) died on May 16. Jencevice entered fandom in 1978, publishing the fanzine Trilevel and serving as the long-time president of Queen to Queen’s Three, a media fan club. He ran the dealers room at Windycon for more than 30 years and served on the ISFiC Board for much of that time. He was one of two associate chairs for Chicon 2000.
Northwest fan Debra Miller died on May 23. Miller was a members of the Palouse Empire SF Association (PESFA). She has been suffering from cancer for quite some time.
Fan Lincoln Kliman (b.c.1960) died on May 28. Kliman served on the committees for Philcon and I-Con (Long Island) and was a frequent attendee at Worldcons and regional conventions in the Northeastern US. Kliman was active in fandom since the 1970s and a fan of anime and a furry, going by the name JBadger. Outside of fandom he served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT and used his furry fandom on visits to children’s wards in hospitals.
Illinois fan Patrick “PJ” Ralph died on June 2 following a battle with cancer. Ralph was an active and was currently developing a game for market with some friends. He was part of the “Bermuda Triangle” hoax Worldcon bid for the 1988 Worldcon, which took second in a field of four.
Fan James H. Burns (b.c.1962) died on June 2. Burns wrote for Starlog and was a contributing editor to Fantastic Films. More recently, he wrote several reminiscences which appeared on File 770.
Wisconsin fan Elle Plato (b.c.1967) died on June 3. She worked in the technology fields and was active in General Technics (GT). Plato was an attendee at many conventions in the upper Midwest.
Chicago fan Tina Cawi (b.1962) died on June 15. Cawi often volunteered to gopher at Windycon, Capricon, and other Chicago conventions and would set up a spinning wheel in the gopher lounge to work between assignments. She attended MediaWest and Anime Central and was part of Chicago Megazone. Cawi also participated in APAs.
Author Alvin Toffler (b.1928) died on June 27. Toffler was the author of the influential non-fiction book Future Shock, which explored the way technology would impact our culture, including the concept of information overload.
Fan Fred Prophet (b.1929) died on June 29. Fred served as the co-chair, with Roger Sims, of the Detention, the 1959 Worldcon in Detroit. He and Roger were appointed Conchairs Emeritus at Detcon1, the 2014 NASFiC, which both men were able to attend. Prior to the Detention, Prophet was active in the Detroit Science Fiction League and Michigan Science Fantasy Society (MISFITS) after attending his first convention,The Eleventh World Science Fiction Convention, in 1953.
Author Roberta Gellis (b.1927) died on May 6. Gellis began publishing in the romance field in 1964 with the novel Knight’s Honor and also wrote mysteries and historical novels. She expanded into the SFF genre in 1978 with The Space Guardian, using the pseudonym Max Daniels. She began using her own name for fantasy works with her first short story, “Tom,” publishing the Spring 1994 issue of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy, and continued to use her own name for all her work after that. In addition to eight solo novels, Gellis co-wrote four novels in the SERRAted Edge series with Mercedes Lackey.
French author Maurice G. Dantec (b.1959) died on June 26. Dantec’s first novel, La Sirène rouge, was published in 1993 and won the 813 Award for best crime novel. Two years later, Les Racines du mal won the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire and Prix Rosny-aîné. In the late 90s, Dantec moved to Canada. His story “Babylon Babies” was filmed as Babylon A.D..
Fan Robert Ellis (b.1946) died on July 15. Ellis began attending conventions in Virginia in 1980 and joined Starfleet Atlantic. He worked on various conventions, including Ravencon, Marscon, and Mysticon. In January 2016, he was the Fan Guest of Honor at Illogicon.
Fan Robert E. Yeo (b.1935) died on July 16. Yeo attended numerous convnetions in the Upper Midwest, particularly Minicon. An early member of Michigan Tech’s PFRC, he began attending the PFRC (and GT) annual picnics nearly from their beginning.
Fan Stephanie Clarkson (b.1970) died on July 19. Clarkson began attending science fiction conventions in 1992 and almost immediately began helping to run them. In 2003, she was in charge of Torcon 3’s handicap access. Clarkson also used the fan name thespian.
Filker Michael Liebmann died on July 26. Liebmann founded GAFilk in 1999. In addition, he has sold filk music. Liebmann provided voicework for several audio Star Trek projects, including Star Trek: Outpost, Star Trek: Valkyrie, and Star Trek: Grissom, in the last of which he portrayed a character named Dr. Michael Liebmann.
Artist Jack Davis (b.1924) died on July 27. Davis is best known for his work at MAD Magazine and for EC Comics, but also had a successful career creating movie posters, including the poster for the film It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. His comic work including Tales from the Crypt, Incredible Science Fiction, and Vault of Horror.
Actor Jerry Doyle (b.1956) died on July 27. Doyle is best known for his portrayal of Michael Garibaldi on Bablyon 5 and in the various spin-offs from that show. He broke into acting when cast in an episode of Moonlighting based on his similarity in appearance to Bruce Willis. Doyle also appeared in an episode of the time-travel show Sliders.
Toronto fan Ian Wilson died on July 28, a day after suffering cardiac arrest. Wilson chaired Ad Astra 9 and 10 and co-chaired Ad Astra 2000 with Morgan Birch.
Fan Joyce Katz (b.Joyce Worley, 1939) died on July 30 after a long illness. Joyce was married to Las Vegas fan Arnie Katz and the two of them were active in fanzine fandom as well as the planning and attending of various Corflus and Silvercons over the years. In 1969, as Joyce Fisher, with her then-husband Ray, Joyce co-chaired St. Louiscon, the 1969 Worldcon.
Letterer Gaspar Saladino (b.c.1926) died on August 3. Saladino tried to get a job with DC as an illustrator, but was hired by Julius Schwartz as a letterer instead. Beginning in 1966, Saladino did most of the cover lettering, logo design, and house advertising. he created the iconic title font for Swamp Thing.
Iowa fan Scott Alter (b.1953) died on August 10. Alter was active in Des Moines fandom, attending conventions in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest. Alter was scheduled to be part of the Hugo Ceremony staff at MidAmeriCon II.
Actor Kenny Baker (b.1934) died on August 13. Baker is best known for his role as the man inside R2-D2 in the first six Star Wars films. He also appeared in Willow, Labyrinth, and Time Bandits.
Fan Warren Johnson (b.1970) died on August 13. Also known as “Whisky,” Johnson served as the head librarian for LASFS. Johnson once explained to a reporter that he accepted the post of librarian to avoid being eligible for the Presidency of LASFS. Johnson was also an historical re-enactor who worked at the Southern Renaissance Pleasure Faire.
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